Master's Programme in Humanitarian Action and Conflict 2019/2020

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What is humanitarian action? In what ways are humanitarian emergencies intensified and changed by conflict? What factors define a humanitarian disaster? What laws and moral principles steer humanitarian interventions? The one-year Master's Programme in Humanitarian Action and Conflict is aimed at those who are interested in humanitarian work both in Europe and the world at large.

Why this programme?

The Master's Programme in Humanitarian Action and Conflict seeks to give you the skills and competences necessary to work within different areas of humanitarian action. The programme focuses on taking an independent, critical and constructively active approach to humanitarian work, especially in conflict situations. It also aims to provide you with knowledge and methods relevant to conflict situations and peace-building activities.

Those of you interested in an international mobility programme with similar content may wish to consider the 120-credit Master's Programme in International Humanitarian Action.


The programme leads to a Master of Arts in Theology (60 credits) with International Humanitarian Action as the main field of study.


Courses within the programme

Semester 1
Introduction to Humanitarian Action, 5 credits
Anthropology and Intercultural Aspects of Humanitarian Action, 5 credits
Legal Dimensions of Humanitarian Action, 5 credits
World Politics and Humanitarian Action, 5 credits
Public Health in Humanitarian Action, 5 credits
Management, 5 credits

Semester 2
Conflict and Peacebuilding, 15 credits
Master's Thesis, 15 credits

Learning experience

Teaching in the programme consists of lectures and seminars in which students are expected to play an active part. You write a Master's thesis with guidance from a supervisor. The programme also includes extensive independent study. The language of instruction is English.


A Master's degree from this programme could lead to a variety of positions such as project leader, conflict analyst or country manager, in both governmental and non-governmental organisations.


The statement of purpose, maximum one page, should mention your motivation, relevant education, experience and future plans in the humanitarian field. The statement should be uploaded with the rest of your application to

Master's Programme in Humanitarian Action and Conflict

60 credits

Autumn 2019 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Uppsala

Application Deadline: 2019-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M5510 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.

Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:

  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
More information about English language requirements

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose.
Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 100000

Contact and further resources

Department of Theology

Thunbergsvägen 3 B, Uppsala

P.O. Box 511, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden

Telephone: +46 18 471 22 95

For programme-specific information, please contact Carina Lövdahl:

Telephone: +46 18 471 21 65

For admissions-related or general information, please contact our applicant support team:

Student portal

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